Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

April 17, 2013

Grayson wet-dry vote set for June 11

By Leeann Akers - Editor
Journal-Times

April 17, 2013 — The wet-dry election for the city of Grayson has been ordered for Tuesday, June 11.

The petition, submitted to the county clerk’s office last week, required 280 signatures for consideration and organizers said they submitted 430.

The names were verified by the clerk’s office and Carter Judge-Executive Charles Wallace Tuesday issued the order for the election.

It is estimated that it will cost the county about $10,000 to conduct the special election in the seven precincts within the boundaries of Grayson.

In some precincts, not all residents will be eligible to vote because they live outside the city limits.

Precincts involved are North and South Midland Trail, Grayson Courthouse, Stovall, East Grayson, Stinson, and Alpha Hall.

The original petition for a wet-dry vote in a single precinct was submitted in November but later thrown out because some signatures were from voters in North Midland Trail who did not live in the city.

This is the first city-wide wet-dry petition, according to petition organizer Keith Bays.

“I have seen arguments from both sides about the vote on Facebook,” Bays said. “There are a lot of people for it for different reasons, like bringing in restaurants and building tourism.”

Bays said he hopes that passage of a wet-dry vote will lead to bigger and better things for the county.

“It will build other things, which is what I am hopeful about,” Bays said. “It seems like a lot of people are excited about the extra revenue for the city.”

He continued:

“We will never be a big city like Lexington. But if you look at Morehead as an example, that’s something that is obtainable. It would be nice to have a few nice sit-down restaurants and a movie theatre.”

Leeann Akers can be reached at lakers@journal-times.com or by phone at 474-5101.